If you’re still driving an old vehicle then it might feel like you need to upgrade sooner or later. Perhaps your car is looking a little dusty and old now, or maybe you think the car’s on its last legs and you’re dreading the moment it completely collapses on you. But don’t worry—many of us have been in that same position and several years later, we’re still driving the same old hunk of metal that we got as our first vehicle.
A lot of people in the world don’t really mind what car they have as long as it works. This is true for the most part, but it doesn’t hurt to squeeze a little more performance out of an ageing vehicle. Call it love for the vehicle, call it being cheap or call it whatever you want. The fact is, buying a new vehicle is expensive and if your current vehicle seems to be ageing faster than you are, then you’re not going to get a very big trade-in value or sale value on it.
So to help you out, here is a couple of ways to improve the life of your car and also squeeze a little more performance out of it.
Get to know your mechanic
A lot of used cars aren’t taken care of very well. This is because a lot of people tell themselves that a used car is temporary and that they’ll eventually replace it with something a little nicer. However, this usually isn’t the case because most people end up sticking with their used car for the long-term. If you’re guilty of this as well, then try and get to know one of your local mechanics. Not only will this make it easier for you to find someone who’s willing to work on your vehicle, you’ll also get regular maintenance checkups and you can create a friendship between you and the garage. This will ultimately reduce costs, they’ll put a little more effort into caring for your vehicle and the average lifespan of it will increase.
Replace the motor oil
There are many ways to improve your motor, but perhaps the simplest way that will improve your fuel efficiency and also keep your engine cleaner is to switch to synthetic oil. This will give your engine a lot more protection than regular motor oil, making it more efficient to run and less prone to failures. Switching to synthetic oil requires cleaning out whatever motor oil you currently have in your vehicle, and it’s best to ask a mechanic to do the job for you.
Check tire pressure
Checking tire pressure is something you can do on your own with the help of a few tools. It’s important to maintain proper tire pressure because it will keep your wheels running for longer and you’ll get increased traction on the road. Keeping your tires maintained will also slightly improve your fuel efficiency, giving you more time on the road for less fuel cost.